Towing the line of our earlier reports, Asus has announced the 7-inch FonePad Android tablet at the Mobile World Congress which will have a price of $249 or Rs 16,105 in Europe alongside the PadFone Infinity. The FonePad is noteworthy because it runs Intel’s Lexington chip, which was earlier seen in the Lava Xolo X500 smartphone.
Specs wise it has a 7-inch HD IPS display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution, 3G support and is powered by Intel’s new Atom Z2420 chipset that is clocked at 1.2GHz and is based on its new Lexington paltform. Additionally, it has a PowerVR GC540 GPU, a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front camera that can shoot 720p video, 1GB of RAM, microSD card slot and will be offered in 16GB and 32GB variants. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, just like the PadFone Infinity.
Apart from this one of the main reasons for the FonePad nomencalture is its ability to be used as a cellular phone just like the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
Asus has announced that it will be available in the US in March and will come to Europe in April. That said, there is no word on an Indian launch and pricing.